Crosstown Concourse: Memphis, TN

Crosstown Concourse, formally known as the old Sears building, has been rehabbed and remodeled! It has given life to the Crosstown area which businesses and neighborhood committees have worked tirelessly over the years to revive. They are still at it and we appreciate it because this is the inspiration Memphis needs.

The shell of the old Sears building, which holds memories for many Memphians, is still there in it’ massive form. The photos that line the building of the renovation are astounding. On level one there are shops and restaurants mainly. On several levels are businesses and health facilities such as the Church Health Center and the YMCA. There are dental offices, tech companies, educational and nonprofit organizations, and….residencies!

It’s an artsy building and that is one of many of Memphis’ niches. It is architecturally appealing and spacious. It has local bars serving beer and cocktails and a coffee shop for all of us coffee connoisseurs.  So much more is on the way!

 

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Artist painting a mural and the photographer of the day

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This will be amazing!

~Nikki

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That Old Eclipse Feeling…

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Photo by and Property of Nicole Jackson

I still can’t put into words the “magic” or “amazing energy” that was in the atmosphere on the lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Garden yesterday. I was there almost two hours before the event started. I retrieved my lawn chair, a book to keep me company, and my snacks. I made a donation and I got my ticket. I got my eclipse glasses and now…where to sit amongst strangers?

I plopped down in the shade next to a young lady who seem to be there by herself, too. It was not moments after my settling in conversation began to flow, laughs, and the sharing of our lives. I knew I’d made the right choice when she offered to share her almonds…I love almonds! There were so many “Me toos” and so many things we had in common as two women, two different ethnicities, sharing an exciting moment in space and time. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease and she is a PTA in school who recently learned about about autoimmune diseases a few weeks ago. It was refreshing not to have to explain that it was “not arthritis.” Stories of travel, hopes of travel, life, gardening, family, and bugs! Lol! There was much encouragement to each other in our pursuits of happiness and to continue the journey.

 

 

We talked about how it was great to see the eclipse bringing the city together and sharing in the moment, the good vibes in the air, and people of all races, ages, backgrounds, careers, political parties, etc. in one place and not any of that mattered. How I wish that we could see how nature brought us together and that it’s only natural to work in unison as one. Anything else is disruptive not only to us as human beings, but also to nature.

Soon after the eclipse the weather changed. It became cooler and then we felt a rush of cool air. It gave me goosebumps. It began to rain…a cleansing rain I’d like to think. I sat my intentions as the eclipse passed (ancients say whatever you feel will be magnified. So I chose “good energy” and love of course!) and I think the rain was washing away the remnants of negativity that day.

~Nikki

St. Louis: About Town (Pt. 4)

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I like to take a walk about town in a city and discover places and works of art. Local artists or not, I like art! I like architecture. Imagine walking down the street and suddenly you see this giant metal head. And yes, that is water flowing over the slabs of smooth concrete.

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A few feet away was another interesting piece of art made of metal. I stood there for quite some time observing the different things I saw in this.

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And on the way back from Sweetie Pies, a huge cathedral! I have more pictures of this, but I didn’t want to bore you!

~Nikki

Weekend Confetti! Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day Pt 2

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My next stop was at Wilson Gardens. As you can see they are our neighbors from Arkansas. I am trying the pumpkin squash and was given simple directions on how to roast it. I was happy to find butter lettuce and fresh spinach. I’ve already made an omelet and tonight I will saute some along with the lasagna we are having. We had a garden salad my daughter made last night. This is what I like about the market. Many times you end up learning new recipes or trying different vegetables.

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Lydia’s Healthy Edibles is a GLUTEN FREE company. Many people are choosing gluten free products. Some because of health reasons and some because of “healthier” options. I have an illness and I do notice a spike in my inflammation when I eat some of my favorite desserts. I also have friends that MUST have gluten free products. I could not wait to share this with them because often it is difficult for them to find. I saw blueberry muffin mix, carrot cake muffin mix, lemon! My next go round at the market I will certainly purchase one or two of the mixes. I was adhering to my budget as one knows at a market you can lose it! (Okay, maybe just me!) They have granola ( I want that too!) and other products. To learn more check them out on: Facebook or on instagram @lhedibles

Next up is deliciousness that almost was gone before we made it home! Las Delicias Corn Chips and the amazing guacamole!!!!! I cannot wait to purchase these again. I had to share with family and thank goodness because I may have eaten more than my share!

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~Nikki

Weekend Confetti! Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day Pt. 1

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It was opening day for the Memphis Farmers Market this past Saturday. Multiple product vendors and multiple local farmers bring quite the variety. Each week there is something different and some vendors are staples. My first stop was the all natural soap station. How could you not notice all of the beautiful colors and the fragrances floating in the spring’s wind? I did not know which ones to choose as I wasn’t the only having a hard time deciding because the table was crowded with customers. I finally settle on lavender lemongrass and two cherry blossoms. One for my daughter and the other for my niece who hung out with me all day Saturday. Cosgrove and Lewis. cosgroveanlewis.com an also on Instagram! @cosgroveanlewis

Next was an amazing all natural cleaning company. I smelled each product and wow! Your brain is going “Wait, that smells familiar. Oh, now where have I smelled that before…is that oregano?” When these guys say all natural they really mean it! So Fresh and So Green Housekeeping Co. www.etsy.com/shop/sofreshsogreengreen You can follow them on Instagram! @sofreshansogreen.memphis

Handmade pottery is always something that catches my eye and local pottery is always under the pavilion at Memphis Farmers Market. Erica Bodine has beautiful, quality, colorful pottery. facebook.com/ericabodinepottery and you can find her on Instagram as @ericabodinepottery

 

Fresh flower are what I look forward to at the Memphis Farmers Market. It is an instant mood booster in my early morning daze and graze through the market. I may have had my coffee to get me there, but I am nowhere near awake. Luckily with the colorful flowers and smiling cheerful vendors it all quickly changes as the hustle and bustle of the market gets underway.

~Nikki

Food Confetti: Cafe 7/24: Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2017

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The first thing you take in when you walk through the door of Cafe 7/24 is the beautiful dark wood and then you suddenly look up and your breath is taken away by this huge, yet dainty, elegant chandelier. This was my third stop this week on the Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2017. It was created for numerous reasons and one was to expose all of Memphis to it’s diversity in the restaurant industry right here in our own amazing city. Well, I have discovered another jewel in downtown Memphis and it’s worth the trip.

I invited my brother out to spread the love this week and it was bustling with patrons from Memphis. Mr. Charles catfish platter is what I ordered and it was delicious. My brother ordered the Delta Burger on Texas Toast and it was also delicious. Food here is reasonably priced and the cocktail I chose was the CirocObama. Put your political preferences aside and order it. You’ll thank me later! I can’t wait to go back here for happy hour and more food. As a matter of fact, maybe today will be the day! It’s a great tourist spot.

https://www.cafe724.com/

~Nikki

Food Confetti: Scoops Parlor: Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2017

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Husband and wife team, QuaSheba Jones-Callicutt and Terrance Callicutt, are the owners of this unique place in in the city of Memphis, TN located at 106 GE Patterson Ave. I visited them next on my tour for Memphis Black Restaurant Week. The diversity of African American culinary is extraordinary and reaches beyond stereotypes. At Scoops the gelato is locally made! I had the salted caramel gelato and it was the best I’d ever had. It is the perfection of salty and sweet! I find the salty caramel mix either too salty or too sweet but this was perfection. I had the Main Street Crepe. Savory savory savory… and my spinach salad was fresh. Service here was excellent. I definitely have found a new lunch and gelato spot.

~Nikki